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Old 05-28-2020, 07:10 PM
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Yesterday, I went to home despot to pick up some 1/4" pipe plugs. expecting about .30-.40 cents each. they were marked $2.78. Made in China.

I fear we will never be a manufacturing strong hold again. we cannot produce a simple part, sold for an inflated currency, cheaper than China can buy the steel, from us, fabricate it and ship it back to us. raise the price to more than cover the tariff imposed and keep the balance of trade in their favor.

Bullshit.

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Old 05-28-2020, 08:50 PM
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Yesterday, I went to home despot to pick up some 1/4" pipe plugs. expecting about .30-.40 cents each. they were marked $2.78. Made in China.

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You have to be kidding. $2.78 for a 1/4 pipe plug. I should go into the business of making them.
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Old 05-28-2020, 08:52 PM
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Yesterday, I went to home despot to pick up some 1/4" pipe plugs. expecting about .30-.40 cents each. they were marked $2.78. Made in China.

I fear we will never be a manufacturing strong hold again. we cannot produce a simple part, sold for an inflated currency, cheaper than China can buy the steel, from us, fabricate it and ship it back to us. raise the price to more than cover the tariff imposed and keep the balance of trade in their favor.

Bullshit.

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I bought two 1/8" pipe plugs last week for $1.35 in the local Ace Hardware.
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Old 05-28-2020, 11:32 PM
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I fear we will never be a manufacturing strong hold again. we cannot produce a simple part, sold for an inflated currency, cheaper than China can buy the steel, from us, fabricate it and ship it back to us. raise the price to more than cover the tariff imposed and keep the balance of trade in their favor.
I feel your lament, Red. BUT, there is hope, IMO.

(1) We are paying a lot for packaging and marketing (ie: convenience) buying at the box stores. I too, find it easier to just pick up a new item from the store instead of picking through the cans and bins that "might" have what we are looking for...

(2) I think (and hope) that the manic panic will result in a marked increase in "Made in US" goods such as medical supplies, auto parts and metals, particular the "precious" metals used in electronics. I think the supply on many items of Sino-origin will last for a while so changeover will not be quick on hardware but SHOULD be on items of national security such as med supplies and rare-earth metals.

(3) As one who goes to industrial auctions, I can tell you I've seen PLENTY of pipe plugs and other common hardware in bins or cubby shelf units in more than a few auctions. Several lifetime's worth in each individual auction! I would venture a guess that much of the inventory is "older" and made in the US.

The problem with this acquisition scenario is that the auctions are based on bulk--you buy the whole wall of hardware for $100 (for example) or you don't. THEN you have to transfer, sort, transport, etc. the hardware to the final destination. Not many of us have the real estate in our shops to have walls and shelves full of hardware. A group buy might be an option in this case...

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I bought two 1/8" pipe plugs last week for $1.35 in the local Ace Hardware.
I have charge accts with all my local Ace Hdwrs. There is one I particularly favor because the owner is a neighbor and it is the closest to me (about 5min). Their prices are generally at or BELOW Home DeLowe's prices.
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